October 17, 2011
My head is still spinning today. What a weekend. This might get a bit mushy in parts, so I’m warning you first. There are many
reasons I’m glad I found RWA. The main ones being the wonderful friendships I’ve made along the way and the great conferences I’ve attended over the years.
We had our local chapter’s conference on Saturday. Just when you think there isn’t possibly anything else you can learn, you get knocked upside the head with a new concept. And it’s a wonderful thing.
Alexandra Sokoloff was our guest speaker this year. She taught us how to take movies and break them down into acts like a screenplay. Then she applied the same principle to movies and books. Talk about an eye opener! I’m sharing this link, because in no form or fashion could I ever come close to explaining how wonderful this technique is. Screenwriting Tricks for Authors. I’ve always been a visual learner and lights went off and rusty wheels started turning for the first time in years. LOL
To spark your interest:
With this workbook, based on award-winning author/ screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff’s internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks For Authors blog and workshops, you’ll learn how to use techniques of film writing such as:
- the High Concept Premise
- the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure
- the Storyboard Grid
- the Index Card Method of Plotting
I am not a plotter. But this has me a tad excited about giving it a try. I even went out and bought these great fluorescent index cards!
Another wonderful thing I took away from her workshop is this. To be better writers, we have to get out in the world and live. Experience life to the fullest. Not so easy for a shy introvert, I thought. But apparently there are lots of writers out there who are introverts and you know what? They have learned how to succeed despite this pesky, annoying trait. As I look back, I must say, since joining RWA in 2007, I’ve grown beyond my wildest expectations. I had no idea how great one little but terrifying step would be. :)
I believe the key to this growth has been the support and encouragement from my fellow writers. Without joining RWA and my local chapter, I would not have attended that first National RWA Conference in Dallas. I would not have discovered how friendly and supportive other writers were. Shoot, I would not have met Keri. Therefore, I would not be a part of this wonderful group of ladies on this blog right now either.
With all the chaos in the publishing industry right now, it’s more important than ever to build these relationships. I feel like without them, lots of great writers out there will give up and never find the courage to persevere through this and follow their dreams. So to anyone out there who is trying to do this writing on your own, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Look for writing groups in your area. If there aren’t any, then check online. The great thing about the internet is, no matter where you live, you can get plugged in, find wonderful supportive people to share these ups and downs with. And trust me. There will be lots of ups and downs. LOL
Sending Big Hugs to all my writing buds!!
Now I’m off to pick my top ten movies, so I can pick them apart.